I've been so lucky to have made a living out of what I love doing best: writing. One way or another, I've always written. Stories as a child, anguished poems as a teenager, essays as a student, a career as a non-fiction author, editor and freelance journalist, and - finally - a novelist. I was born in India, grew up in England, and have lived in Scotland for most of my life. This was definitely a homecoming, as I have Scottish ancestry on both sides of my family, going way back - and it's Scotland I love to write about. There are a million other things I love doing too -, reading, walking, travelling, seeing friends and family - and I feel blessed to be able to live in a warm local community, in the very beautiful city of Edinburgh.